Still not getting much riding in due to too many jobs to do.
My RV has a lot of jobs needed doing- Son-in-Law needs help in laying the patio stones in his sunken garden- Gardening is taking a fair amount of time and there seems to be a lot of Bureaucracy in retirement with a lot of time is being taken up with paperwork. Actual riding seems to be limited to a couple of rides a week and for me a meagre 50 miles or so. Still keeping up spinning at the gym but even that is now limited to one evening session that is with a good instructor. The other problem is this heatwave we are experiencing that is energy sapping with the high humidity.
Last night and I had that spinning session and I did not feel like doing much. Air conditioning is not that good and the temp was up around 75f before we started. So start off gentle and the whole ride was in climb mode. I like hills but a whole hour of climbing
Won't go into details but these spinning bikes have 24 levels of pressure and my flat road spinning is normally at level 12 and cadence of 90. That is my base level and 1 hour of that (Which I have done) will give me a calorie count of about 400 and a power meter average reading of around 120. In a normal spinning session I usually achieve around 140 average on the power meter and 500ish on calories. Sometimes less and sometimes more.
Last night and although not feeling like working- I very quickly was upping the pressure level to 14 and still on 90 cadence. Carry on Changing pressure and cadence as per instructor and I began to notice a change. Current power reading is normally around 160 and at the exerting parts I can sustain 200 for short periods. last night I was riding with a registered 180 as the norm on the power meter and on the hard bits I was seeing around 250. On one bit I saw that magic 300 but not for long- that did hurt. Pressure level was higher than normal aswell and the highest level I can sustain on say a 5 minute climb seated is 18. Last night I checked and I was at 21. Got to the cool down time at the end and I checked the readings. Calorie count was 598 so nothing exceptional but that power reading was high. Average power reading of 178. Way above the normal reading I get for an hour session.
I have no idea why my level had increased so much and thought it was the bike registering low but there is a way you can check power output and it was correct. But the instructor then asked if any of us had noticed a change in the lesson that night. What he had done was to get us to raise cadence and lower pressure on all of the ride. There were no standing hills at high pressure except as butt breaks for short periods of time. In hind sight I had found that cadence was higher- and power output was way above what I normally get. Contrary to what he had said- I also found that I was pulling higher pressure than I normally would so perhaps I was feeling better than I normally would.
The instructor said that he had been following part of the Sky Cycling Teams's training programme where higher cadence- lower gear seems to work for most of the team. Well last night it worked for me and just have to work out how to have a cadence of 100 in the lowest gear on the bike when the 12% for a mile comes up on a ride.